John Zant

Paul Wellman

John Zant

John Zant

BIKING TO HIS BEAT: Our resident sportswriter John Zant has tended to focus more on balls than wheels in his nearly 45 years of reporting on the region’s top athletes — including 38-plus years at the News-Press before joining The Santa Barbara Independent in March 2007 — but he knows his bicycles, having been a two-wheeled commuter for much of his life. “My most impressive cycling ride was going 15 miles to Carpinteria for a hot dog,” said Zant, who delivers a rundown on the Amgen Tour of California starting on page 25. “I’m pretty much in awe of these guys who can go 100 miles one day and then do another 100 the next day.” Learn more about commuting yourself by celebrating CycleMAYnia this month and visiting

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

You Solve It,’ City Tells County on Library Money Shortage

To avoid financial shortfall, city sends ball back to county's court.

Vigil for Victims in Palestine Held at Courthouse

Community gathers to protest injustice.

Stoker to Be Sworn into EPA Job

Former Santa Barbara County supervisor confirms his appointment as regional head of Environmental Protection Agency.

Live Stream of Channel Island Falcons Makes History

Webcam follows wild peregrine falcon family on the Channel Islands.

Sonos Informs Employees of Potential Layoffs

'Restructuring' could affect 96; how many in Santa Barbara unknown.